Is the OEM Skid Plate Adequate?

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  1. belrix

    belrix Well-Known Member
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    How much protection does the OEM skid plate provide? Should I replace it immediately or can I move it down the farkle list?

    I am riding gravel and a few rougher roads on my AT, no trails or offroad (yet!).

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    brian
     
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    It is better than a lot of the plastic “placeholders” I have seen on some adventure bikes.

    If you are just doing light gravel and forest service roads, it is probably adequate for bumping down the list a little until your spending more time on rougher roads, where possible impact with it becomes a greater possibility.

    Just my .2, even though it was one of the first things I replaced


    OEM plate, sitting inside the replacement one, for comparison

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    The OEM is surprisingly strong for its weight/thickness. I replaced mine because it did not cover/protect the exhaust. Unless you do really rocky sections where you run the risk of cracking/punching the sump, I wouldn't bother. And you can also add another 2mm allu floor/liner to the inside of the OEM to give it more thickness if you are only after sump protection.

    But, some bashplates (like the B&B) also have wings that protect the side casings when you drop the bike. So there is more to them than sump protection and are a good investment.
     
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    Thanks for the replies.

    Think I will stick with the OEM skid plate for now but will replace it before I tackle more difficult terrain.
     
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    I'm gonna replace mine next year with the one from H&B, it's just a little bigger and compatibel with the lower guards from H&B.
     
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    The stock plate is fine, except it lacks engine side case protection. I added GIVI engine guards then fabbed some filler shields out of plastic to keep the rocks out. So far so good. One good crash and the GIVI guards saved the engine, although the guards had to be straightened out, and the stock plate has taken many hard hits, I pound the dents out every time I have it off.
     
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    Hey graves just got my AT three days ago have run about 300 miles mix of gravel and pavement, some slick GA clay. I seem to have an annoying rattle higher rpms. It sounds like the bash plate, bit I checked and bolts are tight. Any suggestions.
     
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    Pull the skid plate and see if there’s any rocks in there. I’ve found that mine tended to collect rocks between the engine and plate. If no rocks, road test it and see if the rattle is still there.

     
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    Thx I'll check that out.
     
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    I meant to say road test without the plate and see if the rattle is still there.

     
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    Unless you are bashing big tocks often the stock is fine. I've smashed mine pretty hard a few times and it is fine. It does lack engine protection but I think there are some bars on the market that would do a better job at that.
     

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